Saturday, July 30, 2011

Rag Lady

 Tunic dress - thrifted
Leggings - Danskin
Socks - gift
Pearl Hart Bellevue Pumps - John Fluevog

Any other thrifters out there feel sorry for the clothes in thrift stores? I find knits with holes or pillings, sandals with a little life left, or t shirts that were once well loved, but eventually sent to donation. I find the pieces with tags still on or in NWOT condition, and I think of the life that all those clothes went through. Did someone order it online, find it didn't fit and was too lazy? Hated gift? Cherished piece that made that person feel fierce? Sometimes I'll buy an imperfect thrifted piece and take it home to wear it those last few wears. I try not to do this very often, but sometimes I just can't help being drawn to the piece in the first place.

This tunic is a little pilled, I already had to sew up one hole today, but I didn't spend much on it. I wish it was made out of a sturdy cotton jersey instead of a thin acrylic knit. It would have become a big staple. For now, I'm wearing it until it falls apart. I mean, c'mon it matches my favorite pair of socks!!! Also yes those are leggings, a rare thing for me. I wish I had a black pair like this, but they're always sold out everywhere in the brand/size I need. Ah well. Life, it happens.


  1. So glad you gave this tunic a home. It is pretty cool and it does match your socks!

    Not sure if you want Target leggings, but I found a pair of black ones in the spring and they are pretty comfy and well made.

  2. Like you, I often project feelings onto inanimate objects and feel sorry for them when they're neglected or abused. And I often call little objects "babies."

    Anyway, to answer your question, yes I feel sorry for thrifted clothes. What's easier for me than you is that I can buy them even when they are ruined in some way because I'm not expecting to wear them out in public. A stain on the back of a dress, a torn seam, etc. doesn't affect my use of them, which is either as a photo prop or just for the pure joy of wearing them. I've gotten intense satisfaction out of wearing totally-ruined clothes simply because they gave me the opportunity to experience that type of item (e.g., halter-top; maxi-dress) which I never had before.

  3. Hey, this looks really cool!
    Could be an outfit in a SciFi setting, sort of.

    Well, I've never had that experience with clothes - but with stuffed animals. I've bought so many plushies with "imperfections" I can't even count them anymore. I think those imperfections just make them special and perfect. :)

  4. Vibrant! love those shoes...U make dressing up look so EZ!


  5. Cute! I love that top.. and it matches those socks perfectly!! For some reason you remind me of an anime person lol. :D
    I don't know that I have ever felt sorry for clothing, but I do feel sorry for those odd figurines that no one seems to want. I have to buy them (Especially if they are an owl or some other type of bird), and bring them home to either keep in their odd state or spray paint them some crazy color like hot pink lol. I always joke and say that everyone brings their weird unusual decor to the vendors mall, because they know I will bring it home lol. And I always think about where they were at.. were they stashed in a box for 15 years?? Were they a hated gift?? Makes me feel good, knowing that I rescued them and now proudly show them off. :)

  6. Seriously... you should see this HIDEOUS owl lamp I have stashed in my building waiting on its makeover. lol My husband keeps threatening me that he's going to take it to the goodwill. But someone from my church found it at a yardsale and thought I would want it lol.. Its going to be a challenge, but I think its going to be awesome when I am finished with it. I just need to get somewhere to find an awesome lamp shade and one that is big enough... the lamp is huge! Future blog post. :)

  7. I love the matchy-matchy-matchy... the shirt, the socks, the shoes!

  8. It's easy enough to de-pill something. I was using pill-shavers or disposable razors, then i got a tip from an unlikely place.

    Stinky told me his mom uses a foot file, those flat 2-sided things we girls use to smooth out calluses, to remove pills.

    So I tried it. Works like a charm!

  9. I do the same thing! And I love this outfit! Very cute! Love this picture of you. Great tip about the foot file. I'll have to try that.

  10. Those socks are such a good match!


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